Florida Tech Panthers Sports Roundup
By Florida Tech // April 11, 2014
Softball Opens Six-Game Road Trip on Friday
Florida Tech will play its last six games of the regular season in South Florida starting on Friday at Barry University. Game one of the series is scheduled for 6 p.m. and Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 12 p.m.
The Panthers are looking to finish strong after dropping two Sunshine State Conference series to Florida Southern and Rollins. They sit in sixth place in the SSC at 22-20 overall and 7-11 in conference play.
The Buccaneers have also slipped, losing six of their last eight games. They are in seventh place in the SSC at 20-15 on the season and 5-10 in the league.
Elaine Brown and Brigit Godfrey are batting a team-best .306 over the last 10 games. Both have knocked 11 hits in 36 at-bats. Entering the series, Godfrey is leading the team with a .303 batting average and Brown is right behind her at .301.
In the circle, Rachel Ionata, Rachel Pence and Taylor Smith rank third in the SSC with a combined 2.08 ERA. Pence, a freshman psychology major, is still among the top five in the league in eight categories. She is first with 159 1/3 innings pitched, eight shutouts and is tied for first with 16 complete games.
Barry’s Hunter Mars is one of four Buccaneers batting over .300. She sits at a .377 clip going into the three-game set with a team-high 40 hits. Kayla Ogle is 38-for-44 in stolen bases this season.
All three arms on the Buccaneers’ pitching staff have put in a good amount of work this season. Britney Pugh has a team-best 1.78 ERA in 90 1/3 innings pitched. Camille Czarnecki has thrown 58 innings and sports a 2.29 ERA. Taylor Sabol has logged 87 innings with a 3.06 ERA.
Florida Tech Tennis Looks to Sneak Past No. 10 Florida Southern
No. 37 Florida Tech (10-10, 1-5 SSC) heads to its final road match of the season on Friday, April 11 at 3 p.m. at No. 10 Florida Southern College (14-4, 4-2 SSC) at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center.
The match will be FIT’s first since March 30 when the Panthers hosted No. 7 Saint Leo University (14-3, 3-2 SSC).
No. 9 Kristina Huba is 13-4 overall in singles action and 9-3 in singles No. 1, and Natasa Vukovic leads the team with 15 singles wins, nine coming in singles No. 2. Vukovic is 8-2 in her last 10 singles flights, Meritt Rabson is 7-3 in her last 10 singles matches and Jessica Widmark is 7-2 in her last nine.
No. 15 Huba and Vukovic are 14-3 as a tandem and 11-2 in doubles No. 1. They have won seven straight matches and are 9-1 in their last 10 games. Since moving up to doubles No. 1 due to injury, Rabson is 3-1 with Vukovic.
Florida Tech Golf Set for Sunshine State Conference Championships
The regular season is over for the Florida Tech Panthers, as the men and women now enter the championship portion of the schedule. The two squads will compete at the 2014 Sunshine State Conference Golf Championships at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club in Dade City, Fla. The tournament runs Sunday through Tuesday.
The No. 3 Panther women are coming off a terrific performance at the U.S. Women’s Invitational where they placed second. Freshman Johanna Larsson won the individual championship, her third first place finish of the spring. The Panther women have finished in the top-five of every tournament they have played this season, and have three runner-up finishes.
The No. 17 Panther men last competed at the Buccaneer Invitational where they placed sixth. The men earned a victory this spring at the Panther Invitational, and junior Ray Badenhorst took home the individual championship at the tournament for the second time. The men have five top-five finishes to their credit this season, and won the Full Moon Invitational back in September in addition to the Panther Invitational.